January 4, 2013
- City News
Each week in this
email, I share with you the accomplishments our
community has made possible by working together.
As we start a new year, I would like to
highlight just some of those success stories
groundbreaking for SunRail, our future commuter
rail service, was a critical first step to
reduce traffic congestion and create tens of
thousands of quality jobs. Related to SunRail,
we saw the groundbreaking for a six-mile
extension of LYMMO, our Downtown circulator, and
the completion of the first stage of the Orlando
Urban Trail. These two projects will connect
Downtown neighborhoods and businesses with the
future SunRail stations.
City bucks the national trend by attracting new
businesses and creating new jobs. Our Medical
City in Lake Nona continued its phenomenal
growth with openings of Nemours, the UF Research
and Academic Center and Valencia at Lake Nona.
This medical and research cluster will create
new high-wage professions for our community.
Residential development also continued, with the
advancement of the Steel House apartments, Sky
House, a 23-story apartment tower in Downtown,
Laurette Park in Lake Nona and Mills Park.
Our City played
host to the NBA All-Star game, allowing
everyone to see why the Amway Center was
selected the Sports Facility of the Year. While
we said goodbye to the Amway Arena at its
implosion, our new ice hockey owners drew on
fond memories and brought back the Orlando Solar
As a City
organization, I am proud to say that we have
continued to maintain a balanced budget without
reducing our police and fire fighting services.
At the end of the year, we also began delivering
our new single-cart recycling containers, making
it easier for you to recycle while saving the
I know our
community will continue to prosper this new
year. I hope that you too can share in this
success, and I wish you the best in 2013.
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The City of Orlando,
owner of the Florida Citrus Bowl, has added the
stadium reconstruction procurement process and
key dates to
This website is the primary source for the
latest information, documents, news, schedule
and bidding related to the renovations.
procurement process, project design and
construction, the City will ensure compliance
with the Blueprint for a Sustainable Economic
Impact, which reinforces the City's commitment
to local, small and minority/women owned
businesses. Additional information about the
"Blueprint" may be found at
As the website goes live, the City is also
announcing the request for proposals (RFP) from
interested and qualified entities to provide
program manager services to the City for the
stadium renovations. The program manager will
provide services to assist the City (Owner)
during the project as part of the Owner's Team,
as described in the RFP.
With the RFP
release, sealed proposals must be received at
the City's Purchasing and Materials Management
Division by the due date of January 16, 2013, at
2 p.m. EST. Proposals received after this
deadline will not be considered. The
construction phase of this project is estimated
to begin in the third quarter of 2013 with
substantial completion in December 2014. Full
details are available at the City of Orlando's
venue procurement webpage.
Orlando Solar Bears to Bid on 2015 ECHL All-Star
January 22 and 23, the Colorado Eagles and
Loveland, Colorado, will host the 2013 ECHL
All-Star Game and ECHL mid-season meetings.
During those League meetings, the ownership
group for the Orlando Solar Bears has announced
that they will notify the ECHL Board of
Governors that they will submit a bid this
summer to host the 2015 ECHL All-Star Game
during the League's 27th season.
The past nine
ECHL All-Star Games have generated more than $1
million each for the local economy as guests,
players, coaches and fans occupy hundreds of
hotel rooms and spend three days in the host
city. The game has been available on the NHL
Network the last nine years as well as being
broadcast on multiple regional networks. The
audio broadcast has been carried on XM Satellite
Radio as well as all ECHL markets.
information, visit OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.
Bag it! Don't Blow it!
mowing or landscaping, the City of Orlando
reminds you to bag your yard waste. Don't blow
When placed on a
paved surface like streets, driveways or
sidewalks, leaves, grass clippings and other
yard waste are carried by stormwater to the
closest storm drain, which flows directly into
Yard waste clogs
storm drains and dumps excess nutrients into our
waterways, creating algae blooms, destroying
wildlife habitats and decreasing recreational
value. Always bag yard waste or tie it in
bundles, and place it on the curb (not in the
street) on your scheduled yard waste collection
information, please visit
Participate Online For
to participate in our interactive survey and
earn points to be used in our rewards store. By
offering your opinion, you can earn points
towards a firehouse station dinner, a Leu
Gardens membership, an airboat tour of the
Orlando Wetlands Park and more!
The next Community
Connections workshop, “Getting Things Done
Through Volunteers Despite Difficult People”,
will be held Saturday, January 12, from 9 a.m.
to 12 p.m. For more information, including how
you can register,
Condominium Board Members – Learn how to be
an effective condominium board member during the
“Condominium Board of Directors Certification
Training 101” on Saturday, January 26 from 9
a.m. to 12 p.m. This course meets the board
certification required by the Florida Statutes
for condominium board members.
information, including how to register,
Register for Mayor Dyer's
2013 Neighborhood & Community Summit
Orlando Mayor Buddy
Dyer's 8th Annual Neighborhood & Community
Summit is Saturday, February 23, 2013. To
register and see a recap of last year's
Want to attend for
free? Sign up on the City's Green Works Orlando
interactive website, and redeem your
participation points for two free passes to the
Summit. A limited number of free Summit
registrations are available.
Did You Know?
One Less Car, One More
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Friday, January 11,
for the One Less Car, One More Park event.
Downtown design firms will re-imagine metered
parking spaces in front of City Hall (400 South
Orange Avenue) into active green spaces. The
event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Come early and vote for your favorite space and
learn more about local transit options. For more
MLK Commission Events
Mayor Dyer and
the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
are hosting a variety of events to celebrate the
life and legacy of Dr. King. To view the
calendar of events, including the MLK Holiday
Car, One More Park
Luther King, Jr. Parade
Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
click for details
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